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calcification outside the kidney
walgreentech posted:
I have a xray done on my lower back to check for disc space due to back pain. Report states a small calcification was found outside the kidney. Has anyone heard of this and/or know possibly what this means?
john-skpt responded:
It's not clear what this might be. Calcifications can occur in any soft tissue of the body: muscle, arteries and veins, lungs, virtually anywhere that blood flows.

Since the radiologist specifies that it is "outside" the kidney, it could be a cyst, maybe an old granuloma, some random bit of scar tissue.

It's interesting that no size is specified. This might suggest that it is too tiny to be of any significance. I mean, it could be the size of a head of a pin, or it could be as large as a pingpong ball. Who knows? It may take a more extensive test like a CT or MRI to get more info.

I'd say ask your doc to take a look at the images and give you an opinion.

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